Join us once again on October 20th at 6:00pm for a night of lively conversation, delicious food/drinks, and book sharing! Return old books, check out new ones, or even add new books to the library.
Keep an eye out for future Skeptics in the Pub nights! We will meet at 6:00 pm at Brewsters on the third Tuesday of November, January, March, May, July, and September; and around 7:00 pm at Boston Pizza South on the third Sunday of December, February, April, June, August, and October.
**Please keep your receipts from Boston Pizza South, as we will receive incentives based on how much we spend as a group. If you enjoy this event, please consider making a donation to help support us for the bigger and better events which are in the works!**
The next Skeptics in the Pub is Wednesday Oct. 23 any time between 7:30 to 10:00 at Joey’s only seafood. 2100 8th Street East, Unit 101, 8th & Preston, Saskatoon, SK
Susan Gerbic has two of Guerrilla Skepticism projects that anyone can join. These are simple and highly effective projects to foster skepticism.
The most prominent of these is Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia. This group primarily has three goals. Improve wiki entries for prominent skeptic personalities. For example, the group created this wiki page for Desiree Schell, Edmonton Skeptic and host of the Science For the People radio show (formerly Skeptically Speaking). They also focus on improving the wiki pages of woo purveyors to include sections critical of their wares. They also translate existing skeptical wiki pages into other languages.
From the SkepticAction blog page
When you are following @SkepticAction on Twitter, you will receive a tweet a day with minimal instructions to follow a task that should only take you a few minutes to complete.
The Smithsonian Magazine has an article on “Where Did the Fear of Poisoned Halloween Candy Come From?“
A newly discovered 1.8 million year old skull may trim most of the human evolutionary tree. Many of the sub-species may just be individual variations rather than different species. Yahoo, Guardian Video
Regina’s Prairie Dog Magazine has this article by Paul Dechene about claimed psychic Chip Coffey confronting Regina’s CFI “educators” while they were handing out information about psychics outside his show.
Chip Coffey sure doesn’t like me. He isn’t a big fan of the Centre For Inquiry Regina either. Found this out when I showed up before his show at the Hotel Saskatchewan last night to take some pics of the CFI crew. They were handing out fliers with information about the methods psychics use in their shows, and I thought a blog post on their action might make a nice coda to our Chip Coffey coverage.
Regina’s Prairie Dog has an article by Paul Dechene. It is an interview with mentalist and magician Mark Edward about psychic and media personality Chip Coffey.
Last year, Edward was ejected from a Chip Coffey show in Los Angeles for giving out cold reading tip sheets.
He refers to Coffey as a “grief vampire.”
The next skeptics in the pub is:
Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 7:30 to 10:00 PM
2100 8th Street East
Unit 101, 8th & Preston
Saskatoon, SK (edit map)
There were two horrific events in the US last week. One got by far the majority of the media coverage. Is this just a artifact of the media being on site for the Boston marathon? Or does it reflect something more fundamental? Does media drive this selective attention or merely reflect a basic human characteristic?
Why do people focus on the rare event and underestimate the risks of the mundane? A driver may be afraid of bears or sharks. A smoker may be afraid of spiders.